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California Coastal Commission - Time to follow the money

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

[Last] week’s Supreme Court ruling that corporations are protected by “free speech” rights and can contribute enormous sums of money to influence elections is a de jure endorsement of the de facto dominance of corporations over our lives.

Truthout

Homer Simpson discovers corporations have more rights than he does.

To say money has always influenced politics along the California coast would be an understatement.  Just a glance at the way the legislature turns a blind-eye to coastal commission shenanigans or how the judiciary rubber stamps rulings consistently in favor of the CCC and the story can be told. 

When one ponders the implications of corporate citizenship, take into consideration the plethora of  PAC’s and non-profit corporations that wield a mighty big influence on coastal politics.

Well-known orgs like the venerable Sierra Club have also helped the California Coastal Commission eviscerate people’s rights along the coast of California.  The CCC is the de facto enforcer… the legal muscle for the corporate thugs.  We are just now beginning to discover the pathological relationship that existed between some environment groups like EDC who will sell-out the environmental for cheap.

Last year, SINS OF COMMISSION requested an accounting by the state of California to see which non-profits gave money to infulence the California Coastal Commission at a time way before the US Supreme Court blessed corporate citizenship last week. So far those documents have not been forthcoming.

The danger of foreign loot loading into U.S. campaigns, not much noted in the media chat about the Citizens case, was the first concern raised by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who asked about opening the door to “mega-corporations” …

Truthout

Corporations will now have more rights than people.

Tara Malloy, attorney with the Campaign Legal Center of Washington D.C.

Under current laws, human-people, as opposed to corporate-people, may only give $2,300 to a presidential campaign. But hedge fund billionaires, for example, who typically operate through dozens of corporate vessels, may now give unlimited sums through each of these “unnatural” creatures.

Truthout

And there you have it.

If corporations are the new citizens… what happens to us people? 

In the meantime, think about supporting SINS OF COMMISSION a flim about, by, and for the people.  Help to finish the film and get it out.  ALL donations are tax deductible and confidential when made through the film’s fiscal sponsor The INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION, a 501 c3 non profit foundation - a very worthy non-profit foundation concerned about preserving people’s rights to Freedom of Speech through documentary films.

Fastest, easiest way to help is to click the “DONATE NOW button” on the side of this page, and you will be whisked away to a secure PAY PAL page set up for us. Fill in the blanks, click “send” and bingo…you’ve helped!  You can also send a check to:

The International Documentary Association
Fiscal Sponsorship Program
1201 West 5th Street, Suite M270
Los Angeles, CA  90017.

Please be sure to write  “for: SINS OF COMMISSION” on your check. 

Thank you in advance for your support,

Richard Oshen

 

Attorney General Withdraws Subpoena for SINS OF COMMISSION

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

I received the news yesterday. I was disappointed to learn the court granted the CCC their summary judgment. I am glad the state dropped its subphoena for SINS OF COMMISSION…but not relieved… if you know what I mean. To know the coastal commission can subphoena a work print and demand raw footage of an unreleased documentary film any time they want, in violation of the 1st amendment,and that too is OK with the courts in California invites very careful consideration by those who oversee such stuff.

I’m in the process of ramping up efforts to complete SINS OF COMMISSION and find the best way for the film can reach the people of California and United States.  Currently, distribution consists of well worn unfinished DVD copies being passed hand to hand underground by the people along the coast of California who know there is another side of the CCC story that isn’t being reported in the news or on TV - except by this film.

Sadly for all of us, the judge let the California Coastal Commission worm their way out of their day in court thanks to a scheme that guarantees no citizen of the state will ever have a fair trail against the state sanctioned thuggery of California Coastal Commission and other agencies like them.

California Courts seem to routinely make the wrong call on coastal commission cases when it appears the CCC is going to  lose, and I am not the first observer to arrive at this conclusion.

I refer to the California Sate Bar Journal Volume 54, No. 1 January/February 1979. In the article, “YOU CANT WIN THEM ALL - OR CAN YOU?”,  an interesting point was raised by the author then, that ought to be reexamined now.

Is it possible for any lawyer (let alone a single client) to be right 88% of the time?

-Michael M. Berger

Let that sink in for a second.  Is it possible…. for any  lawyer….(let alone a single client)….to be RIGHT 88% of the time?

The statistical implication is that trial lawyers are wrong almost all of the time.  How can that be?

That’s 9 times out of 10 times up at bat! That ought raise some eyebrows whether you are a baseball fan or not, and seriously put into play the “honesty” of the recent CCC win into some major league big doubt.

To further understand the screwball math,  one must understand coastal commission modus operandi. Simply put, the triple C can (and does) change-up, alter, amend, and/or create new rules at whim.  The other well know fact is that courts routinely bend the rules for government agencies.

For instance, in South Coast Regional Com v Gordon 18 Cal,3d 832 (1977) the author cite 2 new rules were established - that has startling ramifications. Mr. Berger continues,

Our judicial system is premised on the idea that lawyers-as officers of the court-deal forthrightly with the courts before whom, they practice and the parties whom they oppose…In order to preserve the integrity of litigation as a dispute settling mechanism.

-Michael M. Berger

Take a stand against the California Coastal Commission’s skulduggery.

Support SINS OF COMMISSION. I urgently need your help to finish the film and get it to the people. ALL donations are tax deductible and confidential when made through the film’s fiscal sponsor The INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION, a 501 c3 non profit foundation. Fastest, easiest way to help is to click the “DONATE NOW button” on the side of this page, and you will be whisked away to a secure PAY PAL page set up for us. Fill in the blanks, click “send” and bingo…you’ve helped!  You can also send a check to:

The International Documentary Association
Fiscal Sponsorship Program
1201 West 5th Street, Suite M270
Los Angeles, CA  90017.

Please be sure to write  “for: SINS OF COMMISSION” on your check. 

Thank you in advance for your support,



 
 
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